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YouTube blocks all anti-vaccine content

Move comes as tech giants accused of not doing enough to stop the spread of false health information online; Russia threatens to block video sharing site for 'unprecedented information aggression'

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Published: 09.29.21, 23:20
YouTube will block all anti-vaccine content, moving beyond COVID-19 to include content that alleges vaccines cause chronic health effects or contains misinformation on the substances in vaccines, it said in a blog post on Wednesday.
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  • The online video company owned by Alphabet Inc is also banning prominent anti-vaccine activists, taking down several channels, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing YouTube's Vice President Of Global Trust and Safety Matt Halprin.
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     Administerting the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in Connecticut
     Administerting the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in Connecticut
    Administering the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in Connecticut
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    These include Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Joseph Mercola, who have long been high-profile figures in the anti-vaccine movement.
    The move comes as YouTube and other tech giants like Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. have been criticized for not doing enough to stop the spread of false health information on their sites.
    Even as YouTube takes a tougher stance on misinformation, it faces backlash around the world. On Tuesday, Russian state-backed broadcaster RT's German-language channels were deleted from YouTube, as the company said the channels had breached its COVID-19 misinformation policy.
    Russia on Wednesday called the move "unprecedented information aggression," and threatened to block YouTube.
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    The video-sharing website is hardly the first major platform to take a hardline stance on so-called anti-vaxxers.
    Facebook announced in August it had shut down the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a Russian network peddling disinformation about COVID-19 vaccines via social media influencers.
    The big-tech colossus also took down several groups that were accused of disseminating posts, photos and videos with "deliberately mendacious content designed to mislead about coronavirus vaccines" as per request from the Health Ministry.
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